Monday, August 10, 2020

Speedometer 55 - version 2.0.3 for iPhones and cellular iPads. PRO + FREE.

 The most recent version: 2.0.3 fixes some bugs for the users on 12 hours (am/pm) time format. But don't forget to check the GPS beacon function!


GPS Beacon (PRO).


When enabled, GPS beacon allows you to share a link with others to track your real-time location in any web browser. Even when enabled, GPS beacon only functions (sends data to a server at regular intervals) when you record a track in the app (e.g. MENU > NEW TRACK starts a new track recording).

Here is what someone with a link to your beacon might see:


Locations list at the bottom is synchronized with the map. Scroll through locations to have them focused on the map with a light blue dot.

There is also a "Points" switch on the beacon web page. When switched on, it enables you to tap on any point on your "track" and see the corresponding location point in the list:


The idea for the GPS beacon is to enable leaving a breadcrumb for your loved ones, only when needed.

You can read more on configuring and switching the beacon on/off here: GPS Beacon.

Option to show route connection points as small dots (PRO).


This was a popular request, great to have it implemented!

To enable, open map settings > common settings and down to the bottom you'll find a new "Annotations" section to set this up.

Option to order points list by the date of creation (descending), instead of a date of the last update (PRO).


By default, points in the list are ordered by the date of their last update. Whenever you'd update anything on the point, it would jump to the top of the list and this might not be the best default for all scenarios. From version 2.0 you can change default order to point creation date. To change, tap on the filter button in the points list and pick "Created" as a sort by field:


Camera tool - filling metadata IPTC Object Name field with Original or Stamped hint (Free + PRO).


Thanks to Dwayne (Canada) for requesting this feature. Now IPTC Object Name is populated with either "Original_" or "Stamped_" prefix plus capture date, so you can distinguish easily between original and stamped images based on metadata:


Improvements (PRO).

  • Added a confirmation popup before deleting multiple selected points in points list.
  • Point collection editor is not capitalizing every word in the collection name anymore.
  • Using WMM 2020 magnetic declination model.
  • Showing magnetic declination with a decimal point accuracy.
  • Improved algorithm for showing tracks on a Google map.
  • Improved GPX tracks import, especially for drones where instantaneous speed is often written directly into the trkpt element and speed can't be reliably deduced from the distance and timing between distinct trkpt points.

Bug fixes (Free + PRO).

  • Fixed an issue with some sharing options not being properly presented for iPads on iOS 13.3.
Camera tool:
  • Fixed the bug when TIFF and IPTC comment metadata fields were not updated on the original photo when image notes were changed via photo notes editor.
  • Fixed the bug when changes to photo notes at the image preview stage were not propagated to the "global" photo notes settings to apply to the future photos by default.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

GPS Camera 55. Version 2.0 now in the AppStore for iPhone and iPads.

What's new?

Optimizations for iOS 13.4.


Apple has fixed a few bugs in iOS 13.4 and we were able to either optimize from our side or remove some workarounds.

Change to default ordering of points in points list + date sort options.


Previously, points in the list were ordered by the date of their last update. Whenever you'd update anything on the point, it would jump to the top of the list and this was causing some confusion.


Thus, I'm taking the liberty to change the default date sort order to "Created at". If you are used to the old style of sorting, set the default order back to "Last update" - this is remembered as your preference then.

This doesn't apply for Nearby type of filtering and it still orders points by proximity.

Customization settings for the photo notes editor. 


Settings > Photo notes editor:

Option to open photo notes editor as the first step of a photo preview after capture.


Set to NO by default, but if you find yourself forgetting to edit/review notes for the photo before or after capture, this new option is for you. It only work if your Capture settings are set to Preview after the capture, not to Save. 

Credit for suggesting this feature goes to Dwayne (Canada).

Option to customize format of a photo automatic title.


By default, photo title is pre-populated with date and time in the format of ddMMMyy HH:mm. From this version you can change this default format to match your business needs.

For example, format as 'DAY'DD'YEAR'yy-HHmmss will result in the following auto title:


Where DD stands for the day of the year (22-March-2020 was the day when auto title above was generated and it was 82th day of year 2020).

To show something that is not date/time related in the auto title you'll have to separate these parts with single quotes, like 'DAY' part above. In this way, you can setup anything of your own in the automatic title.

You can read more on Title customization here.

Need more customizations for the title or other fields? Please let us know!

Filling metadata IPTC Object Name field with Original or Stamped hint.


Thanks to Dwayne (Canada) for requesting this feature. Now IPTC Object Name is populated with either "Original_" or "Stamped_" prefix plus capture date, so you can distinguish easily between original and stamped images based on metadata:


Improvements

  • Added a confirmation popup before deleting multiple selected points in points list.
  • Point collection editor is not capitalizing every word in the collection name anymore.
  • Using WMM 2020 magnetic declination model. This is used for establishing true/magnetic north angle from magnetic/true in the exif gps data on import from the photo library.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed the bug when "PDF report" sharing menu would not be open on iPads with iOS 13.3+.
  • Fixed the bug when TIFF and IPTC comment metadata fields were not updated on the original photo when image notes were changed via photo notes editor.
  • Fixed the bug when changes to photo notes at the image preview stage were not propagated to the "global" photo notes settings to apply to the future photos by default.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

GPS Team 55 - tracking and collaboration app for iPhones and iPads.

I've been running the beta version for the team collaboration and tracking app for quite some time. In terms of thinking of how I can help to the community these days, I decided to invite everyone who might be in the need of such an app to join the beta and track their colleagues in the field, family members, etc.

No costs involved and I'll try to scale as you join. If you know first responders or community workers who might benefit from the team tracking app like this, I'll appreciate if you spread the word.

Testflight public link to install the beta app: https://testflight.apple.com/join/4tQ9rkpT


Yours and wishing you to stay safe and healthy!
Stan.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Version 1.9.10 of Speedometer 55 PRO is in the AppStore and adds new customization options.


From version 1.9.10 you can customize what readings to show or which buttons to have in the map or speed screen corners (upper left/right)To customize corners, tap on "⋮" buttons in top left/right corners.

Let me highlight some of the new options:

GPS tracking controls and countdown timer:


Stop watch and master sound on/off:


Distance to a waypoint and altitude:

Dual countdown timer:


This is made with Australian truck drivers in mind and allows to switch between Drive/Rest timers to help staying within legal requirements for driving/resting times. Huge thanks to Chris (AU) for driving timers part through its implementation!

GPS tracking controls and "new photo waypoint" + "new waypoint":


By default settings button and feedback button are pre-installed in the screen corners. If you go for something else in these corners, you can always use a MENU button > Settings or Feedback to access these screens.

Options you select are separate for the speed and map screens, furthermore options for the map "follow me" and "browse/edit" modes are separate as well. If you want to have same tools/readings there, just pick the same ones. This allows you to have the most appropriate tools/readings per each occasion.


Please explore and feel free to suggest what else can be added as new corner options.

More information: Customizable corner panels.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Work on iOS 13 Dark vs Light modes is in progress!

One of the great things that iOS 13 is bringing to users is a Dark mode. This is especially good for the driving apps. E.g. my speedometer 55 app is all dark already as I'd assume that dark and high contrast is something users would want in their cars.

While speedometer was intrinsically dark, one bright white thing that was popping out to users were popups. This is now going to change and if you'll have Dark mode applied for iOS 13, apps' popups will be darker as well.

I had to adjust the default popups background color though as being by default just black -  they were not mixing well with the very dark underlying screens. To distinguish dismissible screens, I also assigned them a bit lighter navigation bar background:



Hope you'll like these adjustments when switching between Dark and Light modes in iOS 13.
Yours!
Stan.

Btw: Compiled with iOS 13 beta is already available, just drop me a line to stan@blocoware.com if you want to download it.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Speedometer 55 version 1.9.3 - now in the AppStore!

Main focus of version 1.9.3 are important optimizations for iOS 12.2, new features based on barometric pressure sensor, new evidence camera tool and evolution of work with waypoint images.

Optimizations for iOS 12.2 (Free + Full version)


iOS 12.2 brings a lot of opportunities to optimize the apps. The app takes advantage of this for:
  • Faster app startup
  • Smaller memory footprint. Especially important for the Full/PRO version to take as small memory as possible when it stays working in the background.
  • Smaller download size
To enjoy all of these benefits, it is enough to have iOS 12.2 or higher on your iPhone and having the latest version of the app.

Paragliding mode (Full version)


This new mode is available via MENU > MODES > Paragliding mode. 

Paragliding screen includes the map, arrow to target, horizontal and vertical speeds, options for barometric altitude or height (QFE and QNH), compass. Here is the look:

Paragliding mode is built upon Ollivier P. suggestions and huge thanks to Ollivier for his ideas and also testing this mode in the air.

For paragliding, Ollivier needed to have more options for the altitude, having barometric pressure options for altitude above sea and height above an air field. Plus having Vertical speed indicator without loosing the compass bit.

Paragliding mode enables all of this.

"Mountain" icon left to the altitude readings is now a button (#1), so you can configure barometric altitude or height options.

Created for this mode "BARO VSI + Compass" panel (#2) shows vertical speed plus compass.

Hope this will come handy for the paragliding season of year 2019!

Barometric altitude indicator (Full version)


Version 1.9.3 adds options for showing altitude and height based on a barometric sensor readings. In addition of being an aid in airborne  activities, it gives ability to measure the height of buildings/towers/hills with that. Calibrate to 0 at the bottom, climb/elevate to the top and see the relative height to the calibration point.

In the small map screen (MENU > Modes > Map mode) mountain icon left to the altitude label is now a button:


Tap on a "mountain" button to open options for this altitude indicator:

In addition to showing GPS altitude above sea level (#1), you can now show altitude (#2) and height (#3) that are based on a barometric pressure. Given your device has a barometric sensor (all recent devices do).
To show altitude or height based on barometric pressure you need to establish a reference between pressure and altitude. 

Altitude indicator menu offers an option to use current GPS altitude and air pressure as a reference (#5) or you can use "Set complete altitude/pressure reference" option (#4) to setup arbitrary correspondence between altitude and pressure:
Calibration options include setting altitude and corresponding to it Surface (QFE) or Mean sea-level pressure (QNH). 

I hope I studied enough to assign QFE and QNH abbreviations correctly here :). You can always write me to stan@bblocoware.com and I'll be happy to fix any injustice to aviation terms and functions.

If you pick a barometric source of altitude or height, altimeter indicator will give you a hint, saying BARO ALT or BARO HGTH:


The BARO part will turn red and start blinking when barometric reference will become older than 2 hours. Altimeter indicator menu will also warn you on the need to re-establish the reference.

This is it for the barometric additions in version 1.9.3! I may rework all other altitude indicators to be as smart as this one, though not sure I should. Let me be driven by your feedback.

New tool - evidence photo camera (Free + Full versions)


I hope you might find this addition useful when you need to take evidence photos with location, direction and optional notes. This work was on the path to the video overlaid with location/speed data, so please bear with me, video will be coming as well ...

You'll find a new camera button inside a "New waypoint" menu item. This button opens a camera screen that allows you to take photos with location, date and notes overlay:



Settings button in this camera screen will open settings that are specific to the camera capture and location/date overlay.

Feature set:
  • Optional automatic saving to photo library as original and/or stamped photo.
  • Annotating stamped/original photo by free hand drawings:
  • 4 fields available for optional notes.
  • Original photo is kept with a point and can be re-stamped at any moment with different notes/annotation.
  • Image notes are kept separately, shown in the points list and you can search/filter by them.
  • Import of photos from photo library, decoding location data in them, adding as points and enabling stamping them with note/annotation/location.

Evolution of work with images/photos (Full version)

  • In the points list you can open full screen image preview by tapping on it in the point row, no need to open the point itself to access the image:
  • Opening photo from photo library in point editor will offer options to apply location, title and note data from the photo.
  • You can export/save save waypoint photo/image to the photo library, send by email, save to dropbox/files - no more lock in and no need to use point export for sharing the image.
  • When you change notes on the point's photo or re-take the photo for the point, the app will offer to apply new photo location/title/note to the waypoint.
  • Tap on a point on a map with open a menu with the image preview, if point has an image attached:

  • This menu will also show a point and image notes. Tap on an image preview to open the full screen preview of an image where you can add annotations or edit image notes.

Bug fixes (Free + Full version)

    • Fixed access to black box raw data via MENU > Black box > View raw data. No need anymore to use a longer workaround of MENU > Black box > Visualize and explore > Action button > View raw data.
    • Fixed interpreting values with 3 decimal places in the cost editor for cultures with "." as a thousands separator (e.g. Spain). This was leading to 1.555 being 1555. Now fixed.
    • Fixed pace label in the location dashboard not switching to different unit when imperial/metric/nautical unit is picked in the settings. (Pace label is shown in place of compass when compass is shown in the micro panel).
    • Fixed time and date indicators not reacting on crossing different time zones. This also fixes cases when you just change iPhone's time manually.
    • Fixed active "track tail" not being shown when you start track via Siri command and the app was not running at all prior to a command. Now app starts, acquires location and only then creates a start point for a track.
    • Fixed waypoints from a non-default collection being shown after imported waypoints in the recent points list, even if these waypoints would be updated/edited more recently.
    • Fixed occasional crash when user might close the waypoint editor screen before finishing the audio note recording for a waypoint. Now in such case recording is cancelled.
        + Made size of buttons for controlling and reset of extra data in full or hud screen 1.5x wider.
        + Overall performance improvements



    This is it for version 1.9.3! The app evolution continues and I'm working on the next version.
    -----
    Special thanks to Manuel B., Flavio, Ollivier, Gilbert, Bill T., Miles, Randy, Bruno and all testers who are taking the app for a spin when it is still in its beta! A deep bow of respect and gratefulness from me, Thank you guys!

    Thursday, January 17, 2019

    GPS Camera 55 - version 1.3 is in the App Store!

    What's new?

    Apple Watch companion app.


    Apple Watch app enables remote control of a camera shutter button. As simple as this:


    To trigger the shutter, the app on iPhone should be running and having its main/camera screen open.

    Camera grid


    Version 1.3. adds a 3x3 grid option. If you need a grid, say YES to it in Settings > Capture settings > Other overlays section.

    Option to hide entire bottom comments overlay


    New option allows to hide the bottom notes overlay in its entirety. Settings > Capture settings > Notes overlay section.

    Date only options for the timestamp field


    Now you can pick from a few date only formats for the timestamp. Settings > Capture settings > Notes overlay section, Timestamp row.

    Bruno, magician from Germany suggested this feature and here is a sample that uses German long date format:

    Thank you, Bruno! Wishing you many great tricks and magic ahead!

    Color options for overlay texts and background


    Now you can customize both background and text colors for the camera overlays:

    To configure colors of your choice, open settings and scroll down to the "Overlay colors" section:

    If you want to return to either original text or background colors, please use "Reset" buttons in the corresponding setting rows.

    As for the color picker, both HSB:

    and RGB pickers are available:

    Please keep in mind that overlay background has some transparency set - thus the background color will be always be a bit "pale" in the color picker.

    Thanks to Jerry for his request to add this feature.


    P.S. My own favorite for the overlay text and background colors are black & white: